Once I was happy with the base, I realized that I could not easily, nor acceptably, cut my wood to proper lengths and angles … plus I was due for another tool. So I got myself a DW745 from Home Depot. I’ve never owned a table saw before but I really like this one. Only one small thing I’d change is the miter gauge on it. Here’s the one I’ve been eye-ing: INCRA MITER1000SE from Amazon.ca.
Now comes the frustrating part … See, I knew I didn’t have this part though out, but I figured it wouldn’t be so hard.
The cutting of the steel, while very loud, was not too bad. Now, I love the smell of burnt steel but Jenn clearly hates it, and so does our smoke alarm.
But once the steel was cut, I used the grinder to score the part of the steel I want to bend at 90 degrees. I had thought scoring it to about half of the thickness of the metal (3/16″ sheet of steel) would be enough to bend it with some leverage … but no.
… I’ll keep you posted.